After you've made your appointment, preparing for your shoot appt. is very important. First and easiest is the Formal for the yearbook, but also for yourself. Our seniors really like their formals and it winds up on their wall or a shelf at home. We already have everything you need. The Drape for girls and pearls (if you want to wear them) or you can bring your own necklace or you don't have to wear one at all. We have all the sizes of Tuxedo's for the guys along with shirts, and bow ties. The formal takes up very little time in your shoot appt.
Ok, the second easiest: If we are going to photograph sports, music or hobby. Gather everything you can think of that pertains to it. With sports bring the ball, helmet, bat, footwear, socks, a net anything you have. I would rather have an item and not use it, than NOT have it and wished we did. For music, a hobby or Interest bring the items, don't forget the outfit you are going to want to wear. I know it sounds so obvious but you'd be surprised how many times a senior bought in a guitar for example and not the outfit they wanted to wear with it. I do have a variety of black T-shirts at the studio in case we need to use them. Black usually looks great on everyone and matches so much.
Your Causual outfits: This is where you'll want to spend some time thinking. Bring them on hangers so we can hang them up in the dressing room and we can come up with our game plan. The outfits should represent who you are. for example, if you never wear dresses or a fancy dress shirt, then don't to your session. but if you do and that's your style then bring 1...just 1. Why? because you'll want variety in your outfits.
Think to yourself: What do I love to be in? Does it fit me properly? Does it hide my Not-so-favorite parts? Does it accentuate my best features? Use colors that bring out your eyes. Solid colors look great on everyone, keep patterns or busy prints to a minimum. Keep in mind we'll be doing all sorts of poses so be mindful of skirts that are too short and tight (if you're sitting on the grass) Tops that are too low ( If you're leaning forward) Pants that are too short, so if I sit you on the grass or a bench the pant legs come up a little and socks are revealed, not a good thing. Have the right bra and undergarments that goes with your outfit, and not be totally the wrong color or show too much, or not fit properly. Pay attention to semi see-through fabrics.
You can also bring pieces that are of a different season than your session date. so for example if you have your shoot in the summer, Let's say you have a favorite winter jacket, or a favorite sweater, or boots..Bring it in! You can put a jacket over one of your outfits and have a completely different look with minimal effort. Even if it's hot out, the pic just takes a few seconds then you can take it off and we'll go back inside to the dressing room to change and you can cool off.
I hope these tips are helpful . But definitely try to gather ALL your things and packed the night before. If you're anything like me, when I do things at the last minute I'm in a hurry, frazzled and forget something! Avoid stress and gather early. See you soon!!!